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Full text of "Further Sources Of Vijayanagara History"

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That money which is spent on the purchase and the main-
tenance of elephants and horses, the payment of salaries to the
soldiers, the distribution of gifts to Brahmans and Gods, and
securing the personal comforts oi' the king, should not be
considered a waste of public funds.                                    (59)
A king should not take a vow (to make war upon) an
enemy. By marching with his army (upon the enemy), he
may attain his object, or he may fail; or his desire may be
fulfilled, on some future occasion, though not at that time.
Is the king a politician or a lover of war ?                          (60)
If a king attacks an enemy (whom he desires to conquer)
in places from which he cannot escape, he is obliged to turn
round and offer battle, when he may either win a victory or
die the death of heroes. The king (should not approach) the
walls (of the enemy's forts) which are protected by several
(death-dealing) machines, but send only his men instead to
attack them.                                                                     (61)
Bangs generally summon for consultation a person who
has given congenial advice on one or two occasions. Taking
advantage of the influence acquired by frequent consultations,
he is likely to induce the king, having received bribes, to do
improper deeds. (Therefore) a king should, by means of his
spies, examine his conduct outside (the council).                 (62)
If a king feels confident that he can effect the destruction
of his neighbour on the frontier, it is only proper that he
should do so. Otherwise he should befriend him. If he
becomes hostile, his neighbour (on the other side) is the proper
person to subdue him. Then (the king's) frontier becomes
secure without effort.                                                         (03)
Burn the kingdom of your enemy and seize his forts. If
his wives happen to fall into your hands, treat them as yoti
wcrald treat your sisters and daughters. In the presence of hie
envoys, do not utter harsh words about him, for yott may be
obliged to conclude nnaae with him.                                  (64)